Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your endless love and mercy. Sometimes my mind is so stuck on being focused on the dreary and gloomy things, that I forget to live my life in color. I pray that you help me to remain focused on the beautiful colors of the fruit you produce. I ask these things by your authority to give you praise, glory and honor. In your name Jesus I pray. Amen.
The Journey of Life is a miraculous mystery.
Each human that walks the Earth has a predestined journey whether being good or bad. “The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster” Proverbs 16:4. With each of our paths being different and constantly changing it is hard to fathom a journey beyond our own. Although each journey is different each person faces hardships and difficulties that God leads us out of.
Thank God yesterday is gone.
The Lord always answers our prayers by giving us a new day to start with. Being bound by shackles and chains of sin is draining and truly miserable. God does not want us to be weakened and drained by the ways of life, which is why he promises to give us rest. “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves” Proverbs 127:2.
We all make mistakes; however, God forgives us.
God may carry us to a cross roads in our life that brings us to our knees with heavy hearts and crushed souls, but this is not punishment. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” Ephesians 4:7. God brings us to the crossroads for a choice of growth. God loves to see and know we are spiritually growing in his spirit, and not living according to our own fleshly desires. “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,” Hebrews 6:1.
When we are too weak to lift our head and eyes to Christ, he has answers.
When it takes tremendous work just to get ourselves to breathe, he has answers. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30. God promises rest for our souls, yet in times of trouble we cannot find strength. We must let God pick up our heads and lift them to him, our Lord who promises us help and rest. “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” Psalms 62:1-2. He picks up the broken and carries them in his arms to a safe place in his presence. The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” Exodus 33:14.
Are you at a stage of fallen hope?
Life has a way of shouting at us with the negative things rather than the positive. Am I going to make it to work on time? Why was he praised for the same thing I did last week? Is this ever going to end? Why does this always happen to me? All questions that can lead us into a fallen hope. We often times let others have a say so in our everyday emotions. Do not lose sight of happiness, or be thrown into a fit of rage by others wrong doings or hurtful words. Although self-control and kindness can be tough to produce sometimes, God wants us to stay faithful in all circumstances. HAVE HOPE and trust in him; God only wants us producing good and pure fruits. It is easy to let our minds be consumed with everyday negativity, whether that be at work, school, or even home. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes” Psalms 37:7. Trust in the Lord and let him fill you with all the fruits of The Holy Spirit. Stand strong in your faith in him and know he will never let evil win. As a wise woman once told me “you may feel like you lost the battle, but God is going to win your war!”
If we ask God for things we need he will make sure they happen according to his perfect timing. We can get so caught up in wanting things done in the moment we want them done that, we forget to stop and remember God knows what is best for us. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” Psalms 46:10. It may not be in the timing we want, but if we ask God for things with pure intentions he will make sure they happen according to his perfect timing and will.
Do you KNOW God or KNOW OF God?
Being close to God and understanding what we mean to him is important. It is our job as Christ followers to know God personally with great understanding and obedience. We must know we are children of the King, citizens of Heaven, and heirs of The Kingdom. We have been adopted into God’s family, rescued from darkness, and cleansed by his blood. Each individual knows of God, our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God has chosen us to know him more intimately; whether some believe in him or not, each individual knows of GOD. The real question to ponder is, how well do we personally KNOW GOD? In order to know God personally we need to ask for MORE of his presence, mercy, grace, and understanding.
Trust in the Lord.
I had a dream about a week or so ago that really stuck with me. I was at the very top of a magnolia tree, (one like in my grand-parents yard,) and I knew I was going to fall. I kept hearing the Lord say to me “just trust me,” as I fell through each branch the Lord kept repeating himself. By the time I made it to the bottom of the tree I landed completely on my feet. When I woke up I knew God was informing me to trust him. Although I did not have a specific thing in mind that I needed to trust him for, I still knew he meant in all things to trust him. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake” Psalms 23:2-3.
All things work together
Maybe you feel like you do not belong, or no one understands, and nothing is going to get better. Whatever your circumstance may be God has already been working and paving the next steps in your path for your journey. All of our sins have been forgiven and we have been reborn in Christ Jesus. His blood washed our sins away and cleansed us white as snow. “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” 1 Corinthians 6:11. Rise up from the chains of gloominess and sin– let Jesus bring you comfort.
Life in Color
It is time to stop living our lives in a black and white day-to-day basis. God has given us eyes full of color to see the light beyond the dark. We cannot walk through life only seeing a grey and miserable world, fogged by our own burdens, troubles, and worries. Let God bring you comfort and stability in his presence and word. Our journey will have cross roads and obstacles, but God always provides a way out for us. Do not let you mind bog you down with lies and deceit. Jesus has overcome the world, and death as well. Let God be for you and walk through the world in color. Look beyond the gloomy grey life painted directly in front of you, and find the blues, and yellows of your journey. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” John 16:33.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them” Matthew 25:14.
1 Peter 2:2
2 Peter 3:18
Inspired by one of my favorites:
*All scripture is taken from the NIV (New International Version).
Glory to God.